Scholarships and Awards

Canada Graduate Scholarship

CGS scholarships are available for both master’s and doctoral students. The master's application is entirely online, and applicants must complete and submit the online application using the Research Portal. MA applicants should refer to the master's application instructions. Additionally the Canadian Common CV (CCV) must be completed and uploaded. Doctoral students submit their applications through the University of Toronto and should review the doctoral instructions well in advance of the institutional deadline in November. The deadline for master's applications is 1 December.

Commonwealth Scholarships

The Commonwealth scholarship is open to citizens of one country in the Commonwealth who wish to study in another. Hence, although Canadian students may apply for Commonwealths, they cannot hold them at the Centre.

Fulbright Scholarships

Fulbright Scholarships are awarded to citizens of the United States to study abroad. Quite a lot of our students from the United States are, by virtue of their research, working on European materials and would be eligible to apply for Fulbrights.

Mary Beattie Scholarship, Margaret and Nicholas Fodor Fellowship, John McRory Fellowship

These are scholarships awarded by SGS to candidates who have been nominated on lists for other scholarships.

Mellon Scholarships

In the past, final-year undergraduate students who had been awarded Mellon Scholarships for graduate study have applied to us and held the scholarship here at the Centre. Mellons awarded in the States can be held at the University of Toronto.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship

All applicants for our MA and PhD program are encouraged to apply for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS). Applicants must submit an OGS application using the U of T School of Graduate Studies centralized online OGS application. The deadline for OGS applications is 31 January.

The OGS scholarship is open to all students, but in practice the great majority of them are reserved for Canadians. In principle, all Centre for Medieval Studies students, Visa and non-Visa, are required to submit an application. The bigger the pool of candidates, the larger the quota awarded to Medieval Studies.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Scholarships

The SSHRC scholarship is available only to Canadian students (Canadian citizens or permanent residents). The scholarship actually comes in two main varieties: doctoral scholarships and master’s scholarships. In our experience, the research proposal is of the greatest importance in this competition: students who know what they want to do and state a reasonable and workable thesis project clearly and pithily seem to be the most successful. Students are urged very strongly to have an experienced professor look over their statement: applications that contain spelling errors and grammatical faults automatically disqualify the candidate in the minds of many assessors, and projects which sound too wordy, grandiose or meagre stand little chance of success.

Applicants for the SSHRC Master’s scholarship apply directly via the SSHRC website.

Applications for doctoral SSHRCs are ranked by the Centre and are then forwarded to SGS. A committee at SGS reviews the applications and forwards some (but not all) of them to the national adjudication committee, which makes the decisions on awards. The duration of the award is from six months to forty-eight months. An individual student may not hold more than four years’ worth of SSHRCs and OGSs combined during their graduate studies.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships are an important part of a doctoral candidate’s professionalization, and the teaching experience most relevant to a student’s disciplinary profile assists significantly in establishing a job applicant’s credentials in his or her field of interest. The teaching dossier that all job candidates should have ready for submission to hiring committees often consists in significant part of materials related to TAships held during one’s doctoral studies (handouts, samples of marked work, student evaluations, evaluations from supervising instructors, etc.). The Centre for Medieval Studies regularly offers a number of TAships in the areas of Latin, Latin Palaeography, Celtic Studies, and modern languages, and TAships held in related departments form an important part of the professional experience obtained by many Centre students. Centre TAships are posted in late February or early March, on bulletin boards at the Centre and on the CUPE 3902 Unit I On-line job posting system. Application forms are available at the Centre and must be completed and returned by the published deadlines. TA assignments are made by the Centre’s TA Appointments Committee. The Centre requires that CMS students apply for TAships in the Centre and in cognate departments within the University. TAships come under the Collective Agreement between the University and CUPE 3902, Unit 1. Further information concerning TA employment and training is available on the University website.

Other Funds

There are some smaller sums of money which sometimes become available for our students. A bursary is given once a year in memory of Professor Colin Chase (a former teacher at the Centre who died in 1984). There are also the Colin Chase awards, now usually worth $750, which are given four times a year. The fund set up in honour of Professor John Leyerle provides occasional help for students, and a memorial fund set up by the University of Toronto Press to commemorate Prudence Tracy (an editor who saw many of our books through the press with great skill and unfailing good humour) provides some assistance to students. Money of this kind is disbursed at the discretion of the Associate Director (with consultation), to whom any student who is in need should apply.

Donships

Dons live in university residences and are responsible for offering support, leadership and guidance to undergraduate students. In return for their services, dons are provided with accommodation and a meal plan for the residence year (early September to early May). For more information, please contact individual colleges: